Term 4, Week 5 2015
Associate Principal’s News
Tracey Hughes, Associate Principal
Where has the year gone? We are already into to the later half of term four. It is an exciting time for our students as they anticipate what lies ahead for them. For many this is an exciting time in their lives, one which they have been anticipating for some while. But for some it can be very scary. Year 7’s anxiously waiting to hear who their teacher will be next year and which of their friends they will be with, or more worryingly for them who they won’t be with! When doing class lists we take into account many factors; such as student’s strengths and areas of learning need, social needs and extra curricula interests. We can then try to match the child with a teacher who will further support them through their learning journey.
The past few weeks have been a busy time for students who will be joining us in 2015. We have been going to our main contributing primary schools where we conduct placement tests and chat to Year 6 teachers about every student coming to ANI in 2016. This is a big job but it enables us to gather as much information as possible about our new students. This is almost the same process we undertake with Year 7 teachers as the students transition into Year 8. We gather data about the students from a number of sources in order to make the transition as smooth as possible for all children. Tonight and tomorrow night out Year 6 students and their parents will join us at the enrolment evenings where they have the opportunity to talk to teachers about their child and their particular needs in 2016.
Should you wish to discuss your child’s transition from one year group to another please do not hesitate to contact any of the Senior Leadership team, or myself to help you. At ANI we recognise how challenging transitions can sometimes be and below are listed some interesting tips that may help you transition between year groups.
- Speak to your child about their fears and come up with a list of solutions
- Speak to a student who did transition the year before
- Visit the new school in the weekend to view the different environment
- Go through all the opportunities that are available at the new year level/school and highlight what the student would like to be involved in
- Contact the school; we are always here to help.
I hope all of the current students enjoy their final weeks at school and make the most of all the exciting opportunities that come their way in the next few weeks.
Matt Aukett, Associate Principal
As the end of 2015 rolls to a close, many students and parents start to turn their sights towards high school. Both Epsom Girls Grammar and Auckland Boys Grammar have visited us to conduct testing for their 2016 students and Mt Albert Grammar has also conducted their initial intake testing. What many students and parents may not be aware of is some of the work that goes on behind the scenes to transition our students successfully.
Earlier this week for example, Shane Devery our school SENCO and DP plus myself sat down with the Form 3 Deans, SENCO, Heads of department for ESOL and Learning support to discuss learning for our boys heading to Grammar. During this meeting we talk about how our boys transition, what kind of learning and support our boys may need and what opportunities they might be encouraged into. We have the opportunity to talk about each of the 150 or so boys that are heading to Grammar and meetings like this exemplify the strong connections that we have built with the AGS staff. Later this term we will be holding a similar meeting with the Epsom Girls Grammar team who we also have a fantastic relationship with.
Before these meetings there have already been a number of other occasions where our schools collaborate. By the time we reach term 4, I have visited with both schools roughly twice a term and interviewed past students to see how they have settled. I also speak with deans, senior leaders, enrolment officers, other staff and former students on a range of issues including individual students, overall academic trends and ways to ensure the transition between intermediate and high school is smooth and successful.
As part of our ongoing commitment to ensuring our alumnae transition smoothly, we endeavour to get the students together to talk about next year in their high school groups. In the past we have done this in a range of ways, including inviting former students to talk with classes. We are also conscious that while most of our students head to AGS or EGGS some are heading to other schools and we endeavour to get these students together in groups too so that they can build a connection with other ANI students who may be heading there.
The education that the students receive at ANI is very well respected by our local high schools. We have been fortunate in the cooperation we receive from them and this cooperation has resulted in developing a number of tools and methods to help transition our students successfully. The results of all our efforts show that our students go on to High school generally as high flyers; involved in leadership opportunities, academically strong, and are resilient, well rounded, well prepared students.
|Thursday 12 November||Orange Team trip to Art Gallery (Rooms 4, 18 and 23)|
|Y6 Students & Parents ‘Meet a Teacher’ Afternoon, 3:30 – 6:00pm|
|Friday 13 November||X-Factor Schools Musical, 10:00am|
|Tuesday 17 November||Rotoroa Island Field Trip|
|Wednesday 18 November||HPV Catchups|
|Thursday 19 November||EGGs Music Auditions|
|Friday 20 November||Orange Team trip to Art Gallery (Rooms 5, 17 and 24)|
|Monday 23 November||PTA Meeting, 7:00pm staffroom (all welcome)|
|Thursday 26 November||Central Zone Athletics|
|PTA Year 7 Social, 6:30pm – 8:30pm, School Hall|
|Monday 30 November||Central Zone Golf|
|Year 8 Dancesport|
|Wednesday 2 December||Interzone Athletics|
|Monday 7 December||Year 8 Dance Sport|
|Wednesday 9 December||Board of Trustees Meeting, 6:00pm Staffroom (all welcome)|
|Thursday 10 December||Helpers Morning Tea, 10:30am Staffroom|
|Service to School Awards Assembly, 11:00am|
|Year 8 Graduation Assembly, 1:30pm|
|Year 8 Graduation, 6:30pm – 9:00pm|
|Friday 11 December||Whole School Picnic Day, Parnell Baths|
|Monday 14 December||Reports go home|
|Year 7 End of Year Awards Assembly, 11:00am|
|Year 8 End of Year Awards Assembly, 1:30pm|
|Tuesday 15 December||TERM FOUR ENDS, 12:00PM|
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Early Bird Discount for 2016 Year 8 Parents
This term we are offering an incentive to 2016 Year 8 families. If you make payment of your school donation, take home items, class trips/activities which normally totals $599.00 we offer you an early bird discount of 10%. This means a saving of $60.00 if paid before the end of term four (15 December 2015). Remember paying these amounts now means one less thing to worry about in the new year.
You can pay online ASB 12 3048 0291429 00 or online at the school shop (click here) or at the school office with cash, cheque and visa.
‘The Great ANI Quiz’
Each year the Student Agency Group organise a fundraising initiative to raise money for student resources. This year students are invited to take part in the ‘Great ANI Quiz’. Quiz questions were sent home on Friday 30 October for the students to learn before the test date this Friday 13 November. During this time students are asked to get as many sponsors as possible so they can raise money for resources.
The quiz will benefit our students in three ways:
- They will be consolidating their learning in 2015 in a fun and engaging way
- Enlisting sponsors will support the school to purchase student resources
- Students who get behind this initiative will be rewarded for their effort e.g. spot prizes, class pizza lunch
We appreciate your support in advance and we look forward to our students achieving 100% in the quiz.
Ben Griffiths and the Student Agency Team
2015 Library Stocktake
As the year draws to a close, our library will be doing a stocktake of resources and library books. We would appreciate if students and parents could please have a look around the house, under beds and behind sofas to ferret out any school library books and return them to the school library before Friday 13 November.
PTA Year 7 Social – LAST ONE FOR THE YEAR!
Thursday 26 November, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Drinks and lollies and glow sticks available to purchase.
The PTA and Teachers are planning a fun evening full of music, entertainment and dance for the students.
All children must be collected at 8:30pm from inside the SCHOOL HALL. No child will be allowed to leave the hall or walk to a carpark without a parent. We would appreciate prompt pick up.
Please note: We need a signed permission slip and $6.00 to admit your child to the hall. Permission slips will be sent home next Wednesday 18 November.
Placement Tests for Year 7 Students starting in 2016
Placement tests have already been held at local schools for fully enrolled Year 7 students starting in 2016. There will be a final placement test at ANI on Friday 4 December at 9:00am. Students will need to bring a pen or pencil with them.
2016 Uniform Shop Holiday Hours
Wednesday 20 January, 3:30pm – 7:00pm
Saturday 23 January, 10:00am – 3:00pm
Thursday 28 January, 3:30pm – 7:00pm
Saturday 30 January, 10:00am – 4:00pm
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